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WORCESTER – A brand new season of college basketball in Worcester has officially begun, which means its time to unveil our very first Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors, of the season.
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WACBA Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jacob Grandison (Holy Cross | Soph.| Oakland, Calif.): Grandison averaged 20.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists over three games last week. He connected on 42.3 percent of his shots from three-point range (11 of 26). Grandison opened the week with 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals in a narrow loss at Providence College before posting his first career double-double with 21 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in a victory over Stony Brook. He ended the week by netting a career-high 24 points in a win over Sienna, while being named to the All-Tournament team at the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic.
|WACBA Men’s Rookie of the Week: Eddie Hassell (Worcester State | Fr. | Milton, Mass.): Hassell turned in a pair of strong performances over the weekend at the Colonial Classic, which was hosted by Western Connecticut. Against Western Connecticut on Friday, Hassell scored 10 points, while grabbing five offensive rebounds in just 13 minutes. Against Bowdoin College, Hassell stuffed the stat sheet with six points, four rebounds and three steals in 18 minutes. His impressive efforts resulted in a MASCAC Rookie of the Week honor.|
Men’s Basketball Honor Roll
Brendan Kittredge (Clark Univ. | Jr.| Clinton, Mass.): Kittredge was named the NEWMAC Co-Defensive Athlete of the week on Monday after posting 43 points and 27 rebounds in a 1-2 week for the Cougars. The junior shined against Newbury College and Lehman College, posting a pair of double-doubles in each contest for a combined 33 points and 22 rebounds.
Kameron Jimenez-Fox (Fitchburg State | Jr.| Boston, Mass.): Jimenez-Fox averaged 17.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in each contest last week, while also registering one assist and one steal per game, as well. He posted a double-double of 13 points and 11 boards in a 117-102 setback to University of New England on Friday before adding another double-double of 24 points and ten caroms to go along with two assists and three steals in a 99-84 setback to Husson University on Saturday. He ended the weekend by earning all-tournament team honors at the 2018 Holiday Inn Jim Beaudry Classic Tip-Off Classic, which was hosted by UNE.
Matt Morrow (Nichols College | Soph. | Leicester, Mass.): Morrow posted back-to-back double-doubles in wins over Fitchburg State and Lasell College last week. He posted 12 points and 10 boards against the Falcons before filling the stat sheet with 21 points (10-of-12 field goals) and 10 boards against the Lasers. The 83.3 percent shooting against Lasell tied Morrow for the fifth-best single game mark in program history.
Tyler Dion (Worcester St. | Jr.| Barre, Mass.): Dion averaged 14.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game last week in a 1-2 week for the Lancers. The junior opened the week with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds as Worcester State rallied to beat Baruch in overtime before netting 23 points in a Friday evening setback to Western Connecticut State.
Garrett Stephenson (WPI | So.| Townsend, MA): Stephenson averaged 13.3 points and eight rebounds, and was named the MVP of the fourth annual Ted Coghlin Memorial Tournament, in a 3-0 week. He began with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds against Albertus Magnus in the season-opener on Tuesday. For the weekend, Stephenson totaled 12 points, eight boards and seven assists in the semifinal win over SUNY Potsdam and 15 points and six rebounds in the title game versus William Paterson. He also notched a pair of blocks versus Albertus Magnus and SUNY Potsdam.
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